Preview: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill Monday May 1st 2017

Vauterhill near High Bickington is the location for Bank Holiday Mondays meeting where the Stevenstone will stage their day. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 99 entries have been received.

Lomas Helicopters sponsor the opening Members race in which Katkolys could run well for the David Stephens team, previously second to Chosen Lucky at Upcott and an intermediate race winner last season. Carrigkerry could be the one to take him on after his recent third at Upcott Cross for the Have Another Whisky Partnership and trainer Jennifer Boucher.

The Hembury 4 x 4 – sponsored Restricted race could go the way of the Marie McGuiness-trained Emperor Renard, to follow up his recent Ston Easton win under Sean Houlihan. Snapping at his heels could be the entry from Dean Summersby yard, Honest Deed, for the newly formed Little Acres racing club who enjoyed a double of wins at the recent Upcott Cross meeting.

Wades Funiture store sponsor the Mixed Open race in which Parkham Jack must go close, he ran well at Cotley when winning the Ladies Open race under top female jockey Bryony Frost, and was then only just denied a win at Kingston St Mary when ridden by Jamie Thomas, a previous course winner here and of two Hunter Chases gives him solid form. De Boitron is also entered and could run well for the Janet Ackner Ackner team, having won at Great Trethew and then third at Trebudannon behind Ask The Weatherman.

Whenharrymetsally should be well respected in the E C Haste and Son-sponsored Confined race, with wins nearly in double figures and the mare always tries hard for the Keith Cumings team. Devon General won this race last season under jockey Matt Hampton and could go well again for the Kayley Woollacott team, as could their other entry Larhill winner Churchfield Champ.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race could be a race for Fishy Story if connections choose this meeting over the Axe Vale meeting the day before. Fishy Story won her maiden here last year and is showing progression having won two of her four starts this season. With the Dean Summersby team in flying form you could not leave Air Glider out of the equation who looks to be ready to step up into Intermediate company. Another to note is Cothelstone winner High Priority for the Keith Cumings team if the going suits.

Those catching the eye in the Jockey Club-sponsored Mares Maiden race are Upcott Cross runner up Meldon Express for the John Heard team, Ruby Fool  for the Richard Mitford-Slade team if she can re kindle the form shown when runner up at Wadebridge and Cothelstone, and Gold Relief a runner up in this race last season to Fishy Story.

Finally up is the Brewer Harding & Rowe-sponsored Open Maiden race sponsored by Brewer, Harding and Rowe with 24 entered this maybe divided on the day, those to note are Berry Smart to improve on his third here last season,  Upcott runner up Moonaro and Zip The Lip who has shown some good place form this season.

Course facilities include good viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 car and driver, £20 car driver and one passenger, max £30 per car. Location is at High Bickington, signed from A377, A3124 and B3217 – EX37 9BT.